Cuban Missile Crisis Essay

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The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13 day political and military deadlock in 1962 between the United States and the Soviet Union. It appeared that the Soviet Union was installing nuclear missiles in Cuba, and it was the closest the United States has ever came to a nuclear war. Using the movie, 13 Days, the Cuban Missile Crisis is explained and compared to the actual event. The crisis was led to by the Cold War. The Cold War was a period between 1947 and 1991 of geopolitical tension between the corrupted East and the free West of Europe. It first started off by the Truman Doctrine, which was a foreign policy where the United States agreed to aid any nations threatened by the Soviets geopolitical expansion. This means, that when when Eastern…show more content…
ExCom spent about two weeks discussing their options and left the public out for about a week. They came up with six possible courses of action, the first, do nothing. The second, a diplomatic route where the U.S uses diplomatic pressure to get the Soviets to remove the missiles. Third, an air strike. Fourth, an invasion where they remove the missiles along with Castro. Fifth, a blockade where the U.S Navy stops any more missiles arriving into Cuba. The sixth is a secrete approach to push a wedge between Fidel Castro and the Soviet Union. The first option was almost immediately out because the missiles imposed a threat on the U.S. The Joint Chiefs of Staff agreed that the only way they would succeed would be and attack followed by an invasion. In the movie, someone stated that if they were to attack with an air strike, it would cause the Soviets to make a move against Berlin and cause a war because the air strike will kill Russians. Another point made in the movie is that if we did an invasion, it would be played out like, we would demand the Soviets to withdraw the missiles from 12-24 hours, they would refuse. Then our strikes would follow the invasion, they will resist and retaliate against another target (they figured Berlin). Then we would resist them there which would cause a war. President Kennedy wanted to go the diplomatic route to not start any violence, however

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